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Kings Park Education News

Term 3 – 2013

Welcome to Kings Park Education

Kings Park Education inspires understanding of Western Australia’s unique plants, people and places and the role we can all play in a sustainable future.

To make a booking for one of our interactive education programs, special events, professional learning or self-guided excursions, please contact our Education Bookings Officer on (+61 8) 9480 3638 or email education@bgpa.wa.gov.au.

Kulunga Katitjin Festival

School children with Kulunga Katitjin Festival presenters.Join us for the biggest school event of the year at the 2013 Kings Park Festival. Held on Wednesday, 18 September, the Kulunga Katitjin Festival (translated as ‘knowledge for children’ festival) promises an amazing full day of activities, hands-on displays, presentations, performances and exhibitions to celebrate local Aboriginal culture, inspiring science, environment and sustainability. Previously well-known as the Quiz on Legs, this new look expo-style event is booking out fast! Contact the Education Bookings Officer to reserve your school’s place. Read more…

Free student workbook

NiE student workbook.Look out for your school’s free ‘Explore Aboriginal Culture’ workbook from Kings Park and Newspapers in Education (NiE) in The West Australian on Thursday, 29 August. Take your students on a journey from ancient times to the present day to learn why Moora Katta (Kings Park) is an important place for Nyoongar people. Phone NiE on (+61 8) 9482 3141 to order free additional copies.

Getting to Kings Park – changes to public transport

School group arriving for excursion in Kings Park.There have been some recent changes to public transport services affecting Kings Park. Public transport to Kings Park is accessible via Transperth bus route 37 (final stop at Wadjuk Carpark) and a new, free Green CAT bus is now running between Leederville Station and the Esplanade Busport via City West Station, West Perth and St Georges Terrace. Please be aware of train service interruptions scheduled for Wednesday 31 July – Sunday 4 August that may impact your excursion. For more information on planning your visit, contact the Education Bookings Officer. Read more…

New book and program: Chunyart and the Cheeky Parrot

Chunyart and the Cheeky Parrot cover.A new Aboriginal storybook is set for release this spring in Kings Park. ‘Chunyart and the Cheeky Parrot’ tells the story of a young boy’s first hunting trip and the mischief he finds on his journey to Moora Katta (Kings Park). A new K-2 education program based on the book is already underway, offering students a rare chance to handle Aboriginal tools, learn Nyoongar words and understand how natural materials were used to make tools, medicines and shelters. For storybook pre-orders and program bookings, please contact the Education Bookings Officer. Read more…

Kings Park Festival turns 50!

2013 Kings Park Festival.Join the party of the year with the Kings Park Festival’s 50th birthday. Fifty years of flower power will be celebrated with an exciting program including free live music, the Fantastic Faraway Festival for children, our first ever ‘Turf Tattoo’, a ‘50 years of Flower Power’ outdoor exhibition, guided walks, talks and more. Learn the latest Festival news by visiting the website and following the Kings Park Festival on Facebook. Read more...

Free professional learning for teachers

Staff leading professional learning session.Free professional learning sessions are essential for teachers planning their first excursion to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park. Term 3 sessions will be held on Thursday, 1 August and 5 September from 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm. Join us for hands-on fun, curriculum support and assistance with your excursion planning. Contact the Education Bookings Officer to register. Read more…

We look forward to seeing you soon in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

Kings Park Education, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authoriy
Fraser Avenue, West Perth, Western Australia 6005
Tel (08) 9480 3652 • Fax (08) 9480 3601 • Email education@bgpa.wa.gov.au
www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/education

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